Thursday 22nd
June 2023
5.00 pm-6.00 pm CEST

Copyright and Designs: a renewed relationship?

Global Digital Encounters 28


In the Transatlantic Area, the relationship between Copyright and Design is evolving further to Court Decisions and forthcoming Legislative changes. This relationship, which may include elements of cumulative protection, has never been linear and straightforward. Digitalization of society is further spurring new evolutions.  What kind of consensus may exist in various parts of the world and in international fora for such changes?  For this Session of our Global Digital Encounters, Speakers from Europe, and the Americas with a variety of opinions will provide a worldwide picture of the future of IP protection connected to Copyright and Design, and re-imagining IP in this area in favor of both business and consumers/society.


Meet the Panel


Lawyer and journalist with specialization in Trademarks and Industrial Designs at CEIPI – Centre d´Études de la Propriété Intellectuelle


Of Counsel at Irell & Manella LLP


Reader at City, University of London

Moderator: Sergio RIZZO

Member of the Boards of Appeal and accredited mediator at the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)


GDE 28: Copyright and Designs: a renewed relationship?


About our Speakers

Ingrid Schmidt

Lawyer and journalist with specialization in Trademarks and Industrial Designs at CEIPI – Centre d´Études de la Propriété Intellectuelle. Doctorate degree and Master degree in Intellectual Property and Innovation at INPI Brazilian Academy. Substitute Coordinator of Trademarks Boards of Appeal  at INPI Brazil and trademark examiner since 2006. Wipo Tutor (DL-101 On line Course). Member of the projects « IP for Young Designers » (WIPO/INPI BRAZIL) and  « IP at School» (INPI BRAZIL).

David Nimmer

Widely recognized as a foremost expert in copyright law, David Nimmer represents clients in the entertainment, publishing and high technology fields. He has twice served as co-counsel representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court. On the first occasion, a unanimous decision in favor of his client drew the boundaries between copyright and trademark protection. In the second, another unanimous decision in favor of his client set the stage to compensate all freelance journalists in the country for their past articles. David gave congressional testimony at the invitation of the House Judiciary Committee in 2014, on behalf of the United States Telephone Association in 1997 and on behalf of the National Association of Broadcasters in 1992. He also delivered Parliamentary testimony on behalf of the Combined Newspaper and Magazine Copyright Committee of Australia in Sydney.

Enrico Bonadio

Reader at City, University of London. He teaches, lectures and advises in the field of intellectual property (IP) law.

His current research agenda focuses on – inter alia – the intersection between IP and technology as well as copyright and design protection of non-conventional forms of creativity.

Enrico has been delivering classes and talks in more than 120 universities and institutions around the world. Enrico frequently appears in the media as an IP expert. His research has been covered by CNN, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters, South China Morning Post, BBC, The Times, Guardian, Independent, Associated Press and The Conversation, amongst other media outlets.

Sergio Rizzo

Member of the Boards of Appeal and accredited mediator at the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Before joining EUIPO, Sergio practiced for two decades as a lawyer and IP attorney, focusing on trademark and design prosecution and enforcement, working shoulder to shoulder with companies of different sectors and sizes as well as with individuals.

Frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and academic courses and regular contributor to publications on IP law. Sergio has also authored two books on the protection of non-conventional trademarks in the European Union.

Sergio holds a law degree from the University of Bologna (Italy) and a postgraduate specialization in EU law, politics, and economics. Apart from his native Italian, he speaks Spanish, English and French.

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